Good Always Meepok Tar @ Jalan Tua Kong 6th Avenue on 24Jan2016

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

wife & daughter wanted to go 6th ave’s jln tua kong for meepok tar on 24.1.2016. ^^

it was smack lunch hour about 1pm. no lots so daughter parked at guthrie building. the coffeeshop wasn’t that crowded though.

still we waited about 15mins-20mins, which i think is quite fine seated with the smart calling system when food is ready.

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

mee pok was good as usual. seems to be slightly less spicy today.

we were quite ok with that. i noted though that being spicy is a signature for this style of noodles.

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

this was very much a comfort food for us, knowing that it will always be good too.

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

actually by comparison, the ah hoe mee pok stands up very well with this. can’t say this was better but just that we are more used to this & enjoy it everytime.

c.h.e.f andy

Meepok Tar @ Jalan Tua Kong Ah Lim at Bedok Simpang on 13Sep2015

jalan tua kong ah lim's S$5 meepok tar

jalan tua kong ah lim’s S$5 meepok tar

went to a friend’s place to watch us open tennis finals between djokovic & federer.

finals was rain-delayed from 4am to 7am on 13.9.2015.

another friend joined at 6.30am & 4 of us decided to go for breakfast.

our first choice, the soupy Xing Ji (興记) Bakchormee at Fengshan Food Centre, was not yet opened so we drove over to bedok simpang & luckily jalan tua kong ah lim at bedok road has just opened.

jalan tua kong ah lim's S$5 meepok tar

jalan tua kong ah lim’s S$5 meepok tar

we ordered a S$5 meepok tar each + coffee.

jalan tua kong ah lim's S$5 meepok tar

jalan tua kong ah lim’s S$5 meepok tar

this a good standard meepok tar. noodles was excellent QQ, fishballs were sweet & bouncy, chilli was good & spicy with the oomph, and there were 2 fishballs, 1 crispy dumplin, fishcakes and lots of minced pork.

flavour was good, but it was quite a bit salty. i did not finished some of the mince pork which were swimming in the quite salty chilli sauce at the bottom of the bowl.

jalan tua kong ah lim's S$5 meepok tar

jalan tua kong ah lim’s S$5 meepok tar

in comparison, their neighbour jalan tua kong lau lim (only open at 7am), & also jalan tua kong at 6th avenue, were both better.

if only it was less salty, this meepok tar would have been excellent.

c.h.e.f andy

Best Bakchormee @ Changi Airport T3 B2 Kopitiam on 2Jan2015

bakchormee @ changi airport T3 basement B2

bakchormee @ changi airport T3 basement B2

sent son to airport on 2.1.2015. he was back for 2 weeks short winter leave. 🙂

after checking in, i had also parked my car, there was a short time before immigration & boarding.

we went down to T3 basement 2 kopitiam food court & ordered a bakchormee at the lai heng fishball noodle stall.

for me, this is 1 of the best bakchormee. we had this many times before & it had always been good, no exception this time.

this the tai hwa crawford-style with mushroom sauce & lots of vinegar. it was very good, like as good as tai hwa’s. tasty, vinegar just right, good ingredients – liver & all. very satisfied.

it is different from the jalan tua kong meepok tar at 6th avenue, jalan tua kong lau lim @ bedok simpang, 132 marine terrace fishball noodles, but similar to ming fa @ upper thomson though that one has less vinegar.

c.h.e.f andy

Tai Hwa Bakchormee at Blk 466 Crawford Lane on 23Oct2014

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

went to immigration checkpoint authority (ICA) to take passport size photo today.

i applied online for passport extension but my scanned photo for e-submission was rejected.  anyway it’s about time i took some current day photos. heard from b-i-l that the studios outside now charged S$22 for 8 (or maybe 12) photos, and better off for me just to go to ICA & pay S$5.50 for 4 photos. that’s what i did, and no hassle.

was planning to skip lunch as i have a kaiseki dinner at GOTO this evening. but since i already parked, and i have not been to this stall for the last maybe 10years and the time 11am looked promising, i decided to walk over to tai hwa bakchormee @ blk 466 crawford lane. this the original stall from hill street 1932.

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

i joined the queue at no.7. no one ordered like 5 bowls or packets, so i got my bakchormee in just over 15mins.

a very pleasant surprise. the stall proprietor was very polite & friendly, not the usual nazi chef! 🙂

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

well, the  S$5 tai hwa bakchormee was good. 🙂

noodles were qq (al dente) and tasty mixed in the sauce. ingredients minced pork, pork balls, pig liver, soi kao (fish/meat dumpling) & tipoh were good. i thought this style bakchormee had mushroom sauce, but there was none, just the very nice vinegar, chilli sauce taste. very good. overall i think i like the bakchormee at ming fa bakchormee upper thomson a bit better. close fight anyway.

but after all these time, i think i now prefer the S$4 jalan tua kong meepok tar at 6th avenue. & don’t think i will wait 1/2 for this tai hwa bakchormee.

c.h.e.f andy

Xing Ji (興记) Bakchormee at Fengshan Food Centre on 13Jul2014

xing ji (興记) bakchormee

xing ji (興记) bakchormee

a lot of late nights & day zombies lately. 🙂

went to a friend’s place to watch the germany – argentina world cup finals at 3am 14.7.2014. we arranged to meet at 10.30pm for supper then back to friend’s place to watch a movie. that would bring us nicely to 3am to watch the WC finals. 🙂

i supported argentina though it was an uphill task. both sides had good chances, however argentina lacked good finishers. messi was heavily marked & mostly in midfield with several lightning dashes down the right flanks but there was no centre forwards to receive his crosses & pullbacks – angela di maria was injured, aquero was not game fit & missing his speed & touches, gondola higuain missed a sitter & badly fluffed a superb lavazzi’s cross with an offside goal! & manual neuer the german goalkeeper smothered palacio’s once chance. anyway, in the end i guess the best team won! 🙂

before the WC finals we watched zero dark thirty, a multiple award winning film (oscar, bafta, golden globe etc) about the hit on osama bin laden. it was a good movie but for me it was not among the best & it was also hard to follow (need to read up first to understand the movie).

for supper, we had the famous xingji soupy bakchormee, see video here.

we also had the ngoh hiang & orh luah.

xing ji (興记) bakchormee fengshan food centre

xing ji (興记) bakchormee fengshan food centre

xing ji (興记) bakchormee

xing ji (興记) bakchormee

ngoh hian

ngoh hiang

ngoh hian

ngoh hiang

orh luah

orh luah

orh luah

orh luah

xingji soupy bakchormee was every bit as good as featured in the video. it was very different from the mushroom sauce tai wah bakchormee, very shiok songfa bakchormee, and the teochew meerpok tar at jalan tua kong lau lim bedok simpang, & jalan tua kong 6th avenue meepok tar etc.

the ngoh hiang was a disappointment! 😦 sausage was poor & ngoh hiang not tasty.

likewise the orh luah was poor, much worse than the orh luah at east coast lagoon food village.

c.h.e.f andy

Meepok Tar is Back at 6th Avenue @ Jalan Tua Kong on 8Jul2014

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

the jalan tua kong meepok tar is back at good good coffeshop 6th avenue! renovation over. 🙂

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

noodles now S$4. picture looked good, noodles was qq, chilli was good & ingredients were good, but it was quite salty. 😦 otherwise it was fine, still good. 🙂

will try again to see if that was just one off! just based on today, it was not so great vs jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar & the very shiok ming fa bakchormee at upper thomson.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Meepok Tar @ Sunny Fishball 6th Avenue on 20Nov2013

meepok tar

meepok tar

running some errands & dropped by 6th avenue in the morning on 20.11.2013. good good coffeeshop where jalan tua kong bakchormee stall was located was closed for renovation, so i stopped by sunny fishball at the other corner coffeeshop. 🙂

sunny fishball noodles

sunny fishball noodles

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meepok tar

meepok tar

had not eaten here for a while. the meepok tar was good. everything from fishballs, meatball, minced prok, fishcake to qq noodles & garnishings were all good. the chilli was also good.if i have to make comparison with jalan tua kong bakchormee stall, perhaps that one was a little spicier & maybe that gave more kick. cannot tell! 🙂

there are so many good meepok tar stalls around (just like chicken rice stalls etc) so it was not difficult to find a good stall & the difference maybe quite marginal.

c.h.e.f. andy

Meepok Tar @ Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim at Bedok Simpang on 12Nov2013

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

was watching nadal vs djokovic ATP World Tour Finals at friend’s place at 4am. nadal lost in straight sets even with the support of 3 ardent fans. 🙂 anyway he had a good year after being out for 7 months from injury.

it was 6.30am early morning on 12.11.2013. we decided to go bedok simpang for breakfast. so it had to be meepok tar at jalan tua kong lau lim. according to my friend, this was from the original stall. 🙂

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

meepok tar

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

meepok tar

meepok tar

on this day it was a bit salty. the guy must have added a bit more fish sauce & usual loads of chilli. love the chilli. still, for me overall, it did not disappoint. meepok was enough qq (al dente), fish balls were sweet, and there were lots of minced pork & quite fatty ones & 3 la pok (deepfried lard) which i took 2. the fish cake & lean pork added to the overall experience. no prawn. but chilli was still the most important.

was it better than the jalan tua kong stall at 6th avenue? in fact i thought the 6th avenue one was better overall though perhaps this fishball was better! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Good Fishball Noodles @ Hup Kee at Mei Chin Food Centre on 17Oct2013

meepok tar @ mei chin food centre

meepok tar @ mei chin food centre

fish balls & "her kiau"

fish balls & “her kiau”

hup kee fishball noodles

hup kee fishball noodles

wanted to have fishball noodles at xin lu (新路) teochew fish ball noodles @ mei chin food centre yesterday, but it was closed (thrsday?). so looked round & found this stall, hup kee.

price was slightly cheaper at S$2.50 (xin lu now S$3). there were 3 fishballs but also 2 fishmeat dumplings (her kiau) c/w 6 fishballs at xin lu. fishballs were almost as good, little less bouncy but sweet. 🙂 noodles were good too, qq & with good chilli mix though i still think xin lu is better. this was certainly far better than the one i had at food opera ion orchard b4 recently.

still the jalan tua kong meepok tar remains my favourite. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Not Great Teochew Fishball Noodles @ Food Opera Ion Orchard on 8Oct2013

teochew fishball noodles

teochew fishball noodles S$5

meepok tar

meepok tar

6 bouncy fishballs

6 bouncy fishballs

went to daiso at ion orchard to pick up something on 8.10.2013. thought i would try out some stalls at food opera at B4. 🙂

i tried the bakchormee the other time i was here so decided to give the teochew fishball noodle a shot. i ordered meepok tar. its S$5, i guess they have to pay for rent so ok. the fishballs looked great & they were good & 6 of them, quite satisfying. even though i am low in carbo preference, still a good chilli noodles is what makes it shiok! otherwise might as well eat fishball soup? anyhow the noodles were much below par, just a little done which was ok still fairly qq, but made it unpalatable was the heavy mix of sweet sauce. somehow it managed to taste like yongtaufu! it was way off xin lu’s S$3 fishball noodles (former margaret drive now at mei chin food centre) and of course nothing like the jalan tua kong stall at 6th avenue. won’t do this stall again but the bakchormee stall here was ok, will try that again next time.

c.h.e.f andy

Jalan Tua Kong Meepok Tar @ 6th Avenue on 12Sep2013

teochew meepok tar - S$3.50

teochew meepok tar – S$3.50

decided to stop by good good coffeeshop at 6th avenue for the jalan tua kong teochew meepok tar today on 12.9.2013. i don’t take this so much these days, but had a nice teochew fish ball noodles at mei chin road last week with son, & this stall was nearer & i like meepok tar more than fish ball noodles. 🙂

teochew meepok tar - S$3.50

teochew meepok tar – S$3.50

teochew meepok tar - S$3.50

teochew meepok tar – S$3.50

the stall has been at this coffeeshop for several years, apparently the owner had previously worked at 1 of the jalan tua kong stalls and now pays a fee to use the name.

i like this teochew style more than the tai wah type mushroom sauce bakchormee & fish ball noodles (though i like them all..haha). the noodle is qq with a nice bite (al dente) and not mushy. there were 2 fishballs, pork, prawn, fishcakes & minced pork, and most important the chilli & of course the fried lard (lar pok). love it! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

For Old Time Sake @ Xin Lu (新路) Teochew Fishball Noodles on 3Sep2013

xin lu teochew fish ball noodles (former margaret drive)

xin lu teochew fish ball noodles (former margaret drive)

decided to drop by xin lu (新路) teochew fish ball noodles (formerly from margaret drive) at mei chin road food centre with son after sending car for servicing on 3.9.2013.

xin lu teochew fish ball noodles (former margaret drive)

xin lu teochew fish ball noodles (former margaret drive)

xin lu teochew fish ball noodles (former margaret drive)

xin lu teochew fish ball noodles (former margaret drive)

this one of the popular stalls relocated from margaret drive (see another relocated stall why we queue? @ hai kee cha kuay teow). i had frequented a few times after they relocated, though these days i am less enamoured with this style of pure fishball noodles c/w the teochew meepok tar type or the bakchormee, both which i like.

the price was S$3 for noodles with 5 fish balls. i ordered my usual 1/2 portion noodles to reduce my carbo intake haha (but made sure i had the same amount of chilli) & they gave me 1 more fish ball. whatever!

for me the noodles were just as good as before, qq, & the fish balls were excellent – bouncy & “shouk shouk”! i love the chilli & to go back to old times pouring the soup into the chilli after eating the noodles. it’s just that i don’t take this much nowadays and my preference is anyway for meepok tar or bakchormee. will be back after a while. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy